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  • Question

  • Dear Team,

    Appreciated if you could share the number VMs that can be run for the below virtual infrastructure.

    ESXi Host 1 & 2 are in a cluster. With 70 units of "MS Win Server Std Core 2 SL" purchased, how many VMs can be run in the cluster?

    Servers

    No of CPU

    No of Cores per CPU

    No of VMs in the cluster

    ESXi Host 1

    1

    20

    How many VMs can run Windows Server 2016 Std in this cluster?

    ESXi Host 2

    1

    20







    • Edited by sharound Thursday, July 16, 2020 4:06 AM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:50 PM

Answers

  • Some general info regardless of the hypervisor used..

    • Each host needs to be licensed.
    • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
    • Core licenses are sold in packs of two.
    • Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.
    • DataCenter Edition provides rights for unlimited Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed.

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/2/9/7290EA05-DC56-4BED-9400-138C5701F174/WS2016LicensingDatasheet.pdf

     

    (please don't forget to mark helpful replies as answer)

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Tim CerlingMVP Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by sharound Friday, July 17, 2020 8:05 AM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:19 PM

All replies

  • Some general info regardless of the hypervisor used..

    • Each host needs to be licensed.
    • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
    • Core licenses are sold in packs of two.
    • Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.
    • DataCenter Edition provides rights for unlimited Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed.

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/2/9/7290EA05-DC56-4BED-9400-138C5701F174/WS2016LicensingDatasheet.pdf

     

    (please don't forget to mark helpful replies as answer)

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Tim CerlingMVP Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by sharound Friday, July 17, 2020 8:05 AM
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:19 PM
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